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Aziz Shittu saw limited action in his first two seasons as a reserve defensive lineman for the Cardinal, but practicing with and against one of the nation's best units seemingly prepared him to step in when the time came.
Shittu is practicing on the interior line with nose tackle David Parry nursing an abdominal injury, which CardnialSportsReport.com writes will have him "in and out a little bit" throughout the spring. Shittu is capitalizing on the opportunity, according to Stanford head coach David Shaw.
"The way he's playing right now—how physical he is and how fast and athletic he is, how explosive he is and the effort that's he giving—he gives us a versatility," Shaw said via GoStanford.com.
The Cardinal return lineman Parry, Henry Anderson and Blake Lueders from the outstanding 2013 defense, but Shittu is working into a prominent role with his ability to take on different positions.
"He's showing us this spring he can play that if needs to, he can play nose. He can play end. He can play outside, he can play inside and that's what we saw when he recruited him," Shaw added.